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Construction of Arak plant makes 87% progress: AEOI
Press TV ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:19AM GMT

Posted on 03/11/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT by Dave346

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the construction of Arak heavy water production plant in the country’s Markazi (Central) Province has made a nearly 90-percent progress.

In an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam News Network, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Arak heavy water complex has been “built [using] indigenous knowledge and technology and [its construction] has made an 87-percent progress.”

“Given the concerns that they have about reprocessing (at the Arak plant), the possibility exists for the reprocessing not to take place for a certain period of time; however, in the long run, when the concerns are allayed, the process will be carried out as one of the rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Kamalvandi said.

The reactor, which uses natural uranium to produce radio medicines, is planned to gradually replace the Tehran research reactor to produce medical radioisotopes for cancer patients.

Kamalvandi further highlighted a “clear tremendous change of tone” in the recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear activities, saying the change emerged after Iran and the Agency signed a joint statement on bilateral cooperation in Tehran last November.

Tehran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on bilateral cooperation on certain outstanding issues. Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine.

The IAEA inspectors visited the Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013, as the first step to be implemented under the Iran-IAEA agreement.

The IAEA inspectors also made a five-hour visit to the Gachin uranium mine in southern Iran in late January.

The Agency’s Safeguards Agreement does not require Tehran to authorize IAEA inspections of those sites. The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aeoi; bomb; nuclear; nucleariran; terror; war

1 posted on 03/11/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT by Dave346
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To: Dave346

Oh, isn’t it just wonderful that the Iranian government is so concerned for the health and welfare of Iranian citizen cancer patients!

2 posted on 03/11/2014 10:23:33 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Dave346

Look! A nuclear sqirrel!

3 posted on 03/11/2014 10:25:55 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dave346

Isn’t heavy water (deuterium, tritium) only used for nuclear weapons?

I’m not aware of any peacetime uses for these isotopes.

4 posted on 03/11/2014 10:31:01 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook

Not to worry, Obama assures us Iran is a long way from having A-bombs and Iran has promised to halt moving towards the bomb. We need to make him beloved leader for life as he is so wonderful. More Koolaid please.

5 posted on 03/11/2014 10:39:23 AM PDT by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: RicocheT

Oh, of course, you’re right.

Silly me.

Every once in a while, I imagine I was born free.

Yes, more Koolaid, please.

6 posted on 03/11/2014 11:02:56 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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7 posted on 03/12/2014 5:32:46 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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